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SEM Playlist: Best Articles of the Week 5/3/13

We rounded up a list of our favorite Search, SEO (Inbound), Social, and Analytics blog post links that we came across this past week. These are either important updates to services we use or interesting content we find valuable. We know you found your favorite Blog Posts this week – comment with your link to something recent that you found interesting or important, pertaining to Search & Social Marketing.

PPC Articles

The Importance of Quality Score in 2013

AdWords PPC Quality ScoreSo, those of us who manage AdWords accounts, know that Quality Score matters. But, according to Larry, “the benefits you get from having an above-average score is far greater in 2013 than it was in the past.” In this article, Larry goes through and shows us why this statement is true.

Meet AdWords Keyword Planner

AdWords Keyword PlannerThis new AdWords tool combines the old Keyword and Traffic Estimator tools into a “wizard-like integrated workflow to guide users through the process of finding keywords for creating new Ad Groups and/or Campaigns.” Larry drills down into how to use the new tool and all its’ features.

SEO & Social (Inbound) Articles

How to Create a Facebook Business Page

Facebook Business PageStarting with the “why,” this article lists several affirming social media and Facebook statistics that back up the importance of using Facebook and social as marketing channels. It then dives into the step-by-step process of setting up a business page for the first time, as well as how to migrate from a personal account to a business page.

The Latest 5 Tools I’ve Added to My SEO Toolbox

SEO ToolsThis article dives into SEO tools including: Chart Intelligence Plugin, Link Research Tools, Rmoov, Optimizely, Deep Crawl & Scrapebox. Craig breaks down each tool and explains why he uses them and their advantages and disadvantages.

How Google’s Image Search Update Killed Image SEO

Google Image SEOThe Google image search update in January brought high resolution pictures into the search results. This update left “users with little incentive to clickthrough to the sites hosting and licensing the pictures.” Shahzad dives into why this decreased image search traffic and why Image SEO should be less of a priority now.

18 Fresh Stats About the Current State of Social Media Marketing

As it goes for most marketing mediums, social media marketing has gone through various periods of gossip from “it doesn’t work,” to “it works,” back to “it doesn’t work anymore.” The best way to navigate through all this chatter is to follow the statistics. Ginny does exactly this as she breaks down 18 “fresh” social media stats in this article.

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About Brendan Barnhart

Brendan is a SEM Account Manager at the PDX office of Add3. Non-Internet activities that Brendan enjoys, include: Golfing, Basketball (Playing & Watching), Traveling and Watching Movies. Connect with Brendan via email: brendan@add3.com; LinkedIn; Google+ or Twitter!